Posts in category "Literature"

The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)

The Great Gatsby: The Opera?! (Part 3 of Steven Explores Gatsby)
There are few source materials as rich in drama and angst as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. That, in turn, should make it the perfect work to adapt for the largely emotion-driven operatic stage, right? Turns out, that’s not exactly the case! John Harbison’s operatic adaptation of The Great Gatsby was written to commemorate... Read more »

The Great Gatsby Goes to the Movies! (Part 2 of Steven Explores Gatsby)

The Great Gatsby Goes to the Movies! (Part 2 of Steven Explores Gatsby)
The Great Gatsby, like many novels, has been the focus of filmmakers for decades. And, like most novels, the movies pale in comparison to the sophisticated character development and lush settings of its source material. Gatsby has been adapted into five major films in five different decades. I will be focusing on the three “major”... Read more »

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)

West Egg Noir: The Great Gatsby as Pulp Crime (Part 1 of Steven Explores Gatsby!)
We can all remember that moment when, in high school, the teacher plops the “assigned reading” list on your desk and you groan as the same old warhorses are trotted out to pasture once again. We can also remember the moment when our eyes first met the iconic cover of a slim novel bearing Francis... Read more »
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Melissa Rivers gives proverbial middle finger to both forthcoming Joan Rivers biographer and celebrity scribe Kitty Kelley

Melissa Rivers gives proverbial middle finger to both forthcoming Joan Rivers biographer and celebrity scribe Kitty Kelley
“She has my blessing, but I’m not participating.” – Melissa Rivers, interview with Larry King (May 20, 2015) “People forget that unauthorized does not mean untrue and authorized does not mean authentic…The difference between authorized and unauthorized biographies is the difference between riding in carriage or squatting in steerage.” – Kitty Kelley, author of Oprah:... Read more »

The chilling tale of "The Expressionless" and the pure adrenaline of raw imagination

The chilling tale of "The Expressionless" and the pure adrenaline of raw imagination
Legend has it that a woman was brought into Cedar Sinai Hospital in New York in a white, blood-stained gown. Her expression never changed, like a gossamer mannequin, still and silent. A battery of tests was done on her, and she stayed motionless through it all. It was only when they tried to restrain her... Read more »

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »
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"You shall choose life": Reading Elie Wiesel's Open Heart in the shadow of a week of tragedy

"You shall choose life": Reading Elie Wiesel's Open Heart in the shadow of a week of tragedy
Like many millennials, I discovered author, scholar, and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel in high school after reading his memoir of his time in the Naxi Concentrations Camps during World War II, Night. I remember the moment I started to read the book, I was shaken by the starkness of his prose and the underlying power of... Read more »

The Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird

The Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird
     Flashback to St. Paul Lutheran School. Addison, Illinois. A Seventh Grade classroom, each teenager with a book in their hands. The cover is Pepto-Bismol pink, featuring a gnarled tree with treasures inside, all presided over by a glorious mockingbird. Little did those teenagers know that from the first moment they opened that book,... Read more »